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Riverton police searching for woman they say shocked child with Taser

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RIVERTON — To say Kelly Wright-Green is having a difficult week is an understatement.

On Monday, the Riverton mom broke her foot in a car accident, three days after her 9-year old son was shocked in the chest with a Taser by a woman in a parking lot who police say is still at large.

“We’re batting one-thousand for crap,” she said Monday.

At about 1 p.m. Friday, Wright-Green’s son and his friend were playing in the parking lot of a Latter-day Saint church near 12900 South and 2700 West in Riverton, “minding their own business, riding their scooters,” when they noticed a woman taking pictures of them from her car.

“My son is not shy, so he walked up to the car and said ‘what are you doing, why are you taking pictures?’” she said.

That’s when Wright-Green says the woman began “screaming obscenities” and eventually threatened her son with a handheld Taser.

“They started walking away,” she said. “She got out of her car, went up behind him, and grabbed him and tased him in his chest.”

The woman quickly fled the scene, and a grainy video captured by a nearby surveillance camera shows what appears to be a gray sedan driving away. However the vehicle’s license plate is not visible, and the information put out by Riverton police only describes it as a “brownish-grey passenger car” with “an older appearance” and “a University of Utah decal sticker on the back window toward the top.”

A surveillance image shows a car leaving the area near 12900 South and 2700 West in Riverton on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Police say the driver is suspected of shocking a 9-year-old boy with a Taser.
A surveillance image shows a car leaving the area near 12900 South and 2700 West in Riverton on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Police say the driver is suspected of shocking a 9-year-old boy with a Taser.
Riverton Police Department

Riverton police think the woman is roughly 50 years old with a dark complexion, “possibly Hispanic” and missing a tooth from the front right side of her mouth. At the time of the assault, police say she was wearing a purple dress with a flower design.

Wright-Green said her son is recovering, but still has “the marks on his chest and he’s sore.”

“He’s scared,” she told the Deseret News. “She is still out there, and my children are not safe. ... There is a psychopath tasing little children and it’s not OK.”

Riverton police are asking anyone with information to call 801-840-4000.